Top Books for Budding Environmentalists

Hey everyone!

So, in light of the fundraiser I’m holding for Standing Rock and against the Dakota Access Pipeline, I thought I’d do a post about books for young environmentalists.

I was raised in BC, on the West Coast, and my mother is very environment-conscious and has been most of her life. It never occurred to me that others might not recycle, or see the earth as something beautiful, valuable, and worth saving. When I got older and encountered mindsets that were anti-earth, it was quite the culture shock, to put it mildly.

I realized that it was no accident I grew up an environmentalist — it was due to the work of my mom, and the type of region I lived in. (BC is pretty hippy, and there are a lot of environmentally-minded folks here. In fact, it used to be illegal to recycle in Powell River several decades ago — but a group of residents still did it, breaking the law because they knew it was the right thing to do for the earth.)

So if I want to raise my own future kids to be environmentalists, or instill those same values in the children who are in my life, then I need to work at it. Books are a great start.

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Standing with Standing Rock

Hello everyone!

How is your November treating you? I hope things are going well.

I wanted to talk to you today about something very important to me, that I think is probably important to you too.

Right now in North Dakota the Dakota Access Pipeline is trying to lay itself across tribal lands and the Missouri River, against the wishes of the Standing Rock Sioux (whose lands are closest to where the pipeline will be, and who stand to suffer the most damage when there is a leak) and pretty much everyone else who lives in that area.

The Water Protectors are standing strong against DAPL, and are fighting to keep their water safe for future generations.

Access to clean water is a human right, but unfortunately not a human reality for many Native communities across Canada and the US (or other communities that are predominantly marginalized, such as Flint, Michigan). The Water Protectors are working tirelessly to protect access to clean drinking water for this generation and future ones.

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